Billy Casper Golf understands the value in getting families out of the house and onto the course. Below is a list of local course offerings during Family Golf Month to help foster play.
Kids Play Free
Designed for busy families to spend time together, Kids Play Free is an opportunity for golfer parents to affordably introduce the game to their children. Each junior golfer (age five to 17) plays free with each paying adult; details of the promotion vary at participating Billy Casper Golf courses.
The genesis of BCG’s emphasis on promoting junior golf lies with its company namesake, the legendary Billy Casper, Masters and two-time U.S. Open winner. Casper has personally volunteered thousands of hours teaching golf and life skills to youth.
Wee Tees at SouthWood Golf Club (FL)
Named one of the Top 35 New Courses in America by Golf Magazine and among America’s Best New Courses by Golf Digest, SouthWood employs family-friendly “Wee Tees.” The 2,986-yard “Wee Tees” provide the ideal course setup for juniors, families, beginners or players seeking to improve their short games.
Masterfully designed by PGA Tour legend Fred Couples and his renowned design partner, architect Gene Bates, SouthWood Golf Club is an upscale public facility nestled among rolling hills, pastureland, and ancient oak trees draped in Spanish moss. SouthWood Golf Club was designed to provide enjoyable and challenging golf experience for players of all levels.
The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards (CT)
The project calls for the addition of a comprehensive learning center with a nine-hole executive course, the only new golf course construction slated for 2011 in Connecticut. The family-friendly par-29 course will measure 1,600 yards with bentgrass greens and built to U.S. Golf Association specifications. Holes will range between 115 and 315 yards in length.
Also planned is a 40-stall combination grass and artificial turf driving range with target greens and sand traps, a short-game practice area and 2,000-square-foot clubhouse. The Golf Center at Lyman Orchards is scheduled to open in late spring 2012.
“The Golf Center reinforces the Lyman family’s forward-thinking commitment to promote the game of golf and attract a new and broader demographic,” says Steve Ciskowski, President and CEO of Lyman Farms, Inc. “This cross-over facility will complement our two existing courses and represents a bold advance, distancing Lyman Orchards from the current landscape.”
Billy Casper Appearance Promoted Junior Programming (Washington, D.C. area)
Legendary golfer Billy Casper appeared at The First Tee of Prince William County Annual Benefit Tournament at Forest Greens Golf Club on Friday, July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Masters and two-time U.S. Open champion with 51 PGA TOUR victories, Casper provided opening remarks, offered tips to golfers, signed autographs and took photos.
The tournament, a four-person scramble with a shotgun start at 10 a.m., raised money to help fund The First Tee programs throughout the year. The entry fee – $100 per player or $375 per team – included greens and cart fees, buffet lunch, on-course prizes and the chance to meet Billy Casper.
The First Tee of Prince William County impacts the lives of young people by providing learning facilitates and educational programs promoting character-development and life-enhancing values through golf. More than 10,000 children in Prince William County Schools have experienced the curriculum through The First Tee National School Program.
Golf My Way at Ka’anapali
Traditionally, a round of golf is 18 holes stretched over roughly 4.5 hours. Over the last few years, golfers have found it harder to dedicate such a large block of time for one activity. Especially when on vacation with the family.
Who says you have to play all 18 holes over the course of several hours? You don’t, thanks to an innovative program – “Golf My Way” – introduced by Ka’anapali Golf Resort. The package allows golfers to pay for all 18 holes up front and have the option to leisurely fit in their round over a maximum of seven days.
“This package is perfect for golfers on vacation with their families who don’t want to spend the entire day on the course,” says Ed Kageyama, PGA General Manager of Ka’anapali. “Parents can play a few holes in the morning, spend the rest of the day doing family activities and come back later during their vacation to finish the round.
“Golf My Way” isn’t for everyone; the serious golfer wants to play all 18 at once. But the casual golfer is a different story. On the first day, players tee off on No. 1, but to complete the round golfers may tee off on a different hole – until all 18 holes are completed. The golfer can play three holes over six days, six holes over three days or any combination they chose – whichever best suits their time availability.
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